As promised, today I’ve got my cobalt blue nail polish smackdown post for you.
It seems like cobalt blue has been a super popular shade these past few months. After I started getting quite the collection of them I decided a comparison post might help a lot of you decide which ones you might want to check out.
I went through my stash and decided on these 12 shades, which are all (for all intents and purposes) creme shades. A couple of these technically are shimmery. Dior Sailor has some shimmer, but it’s super subtle so you barely see it. Orly Royal Navy is also a shimmer, but the shimmer settles at the bottom and if you don’t shake it up you can get a nice blue jelly creme from it! Many of these are more recent shades and still available, but others are a few years old.
You know what’s weird? Out of all these shades there are really no dupes! Ok two of the really dark blue shades could be considered dupes, but I expected to have at least one or two dupes of the lighter, brighter shades. But nope.
Dior Sailor (pointer) is a medium cobalt blue with very subtle shimmer.
Illamasqua Regal (middle) is slightly deeper/darker than Sailor and has no shimmer.
JINsoon Cool Blue (ring) is a vivid light cobalt blue creme.
Orly Royal Navy (pinky), as mentioned above, is technically a shimmer but the shimmer falls to the bottom so when you don’t shake it up, you get a deep jelly-like blue creme.
nails inc. baker street (pointer) is a bright cobalt blue creme.
MAC Breezy Blue (middle) is more of a deep purple/blue creme.
Misa Throw Me Something Purple Please (ring) also leans more towards the purple side, but it does have a lot of blue in it.
Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like (pinky) is a medium purple/blue creme. It leans more purple than blue.
Color Club Bright Night (pointer) is a bright cobalt blue creme.
Milani Blue Zoom (middle) is a medium bright cobalt blue creme.
Misa Winter Bluesy Blues (ring) is a dark intense blue creme.
OPI…Eurso Euro (pinky) is also a dark blue creme.
The ones that are the closest in color of the brighter shades are Color Club Bright Night (pointer), Milani Blue Zoom (middle), JINsoon Cool Blue(ring) and nails inc. baker street (pinky).
I don’t think any of them are dupes but Bright Night and baker street are extremely similar shades of blue. Blue Zoom is the darkest of the four and Cool Blue is the lightest of the four.
And here are the darkest four cobalt blue shades.
Illamasqua Regal (pointer) is the lightest/brightest of this bunch. Misa Winter Bluesy Blues (ring) and OPI…Eurso Euro (pinky) are basically the same shade as far as I’m concerned. I think they pretty much look identical. The Misa shade does cover better and I only needed two coats whereas the OPI one I needed three coats. Orly Royal Navy (middle) is just a hair lighter than those two and it needed three to four coats because it’s very sheer and jelly-like.
Of all these shades my favorites tend to go towards the lighter and brighter ones. I think out of these twelve my favorite six in order are:
- nails inc. baker street
- Color Club Bright Night
- Dior Sailor
- JINsoon Cool Blue
- Milani Blue Zoom
- Illamasqua Regal
So there you have it! Which of these cobalt blue shades are your favorites? See any you don’t have that you want to pick up?